TO­DAY IN his­tory

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

In 1308, medieval scholar Duns Sco­tus died. His given name led to the in­tro­duc­tion of the word dunce.

In 1414, in Con­stance, Switzer­land, more than 50,000 peo­ple gath­ered to re­solve the Great Schism in the Ro­man Catholic Church. The Con­stance coun­cil got rid of three men who all claimed to be pope and elected Martin V as the church’s new leader.

In 1519, Span­ish ex­plorer Her­nando Cortez reached Mex­ico City.

In 1623, William Shake­speare’s col­lected works were first pub­lished.

In 1656, Bri­tish astronomer Ed­mund Hal­ley, who dis­cov­ered the comet that bears his name, was born. He was the first to pre­dict the re­turn of a comet.

In 1873, Win­nipeg was in­cor­po­rated as a city.

In 1900, Mar­garet Mitchell — au­thor of “Gone With the Wind” — was born in At­lanta. She died in a 1949 car crash.

In 1917, Vladimir Lenin be­came chief com­mis­sar and Leon Trot­sky was named premier as the Bol­she­viks seized power in Rus­sia.

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